Oswego County Fishing Report for October 13, 2017

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Lake Ontario report:

The lake fishing is winding down for the season. The same baits are continuing to work well in more shallow water – flies and flashers, spoons, cut bait and j-plugs – for those interested in a last lake trip.

Oswego River report

According to Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

With the rain we have had this week the river flow was up to 8,330cfs yesterday. It has settled back to 4,420cfs as of this afternoon. Floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits is the ticket. The area creeks are now full of fish.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:                        

This morning the uppermost section started off slow and picked up with primarily kings; the upper section seeing some salmon movement but the predominant fish have been steelhead. The middle section has been slow with regard to fish movement and client hookups. The lower section is seeing action with both salmon and steelhead with the latter being the predominant fish. Water level remains at 335cfs from the reservoir and is currently 459 at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the last couple of days anglers have been able to get into some salmon at some of the smaller local tributaries. The Salmon River still has salmon spread out in the river from top to bottom, with the upper section of the river holding the largest concentration of fish. Anglers in the Upper and Lower Fly Zone have been getting into a mix of kings and cohos with egg patterns and egg sucking leeches or woolly buggers producing the best results. Anglers have reported salmon spawning in the gravel areas of the mid and upper section of river. In the lower end anglers are getting into some salmon and are starting to see some steelhead.

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Oneida Lake report:

Cooler temperatures were needed to see some good fall walleye fishing and they have arrived. Casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark is a good application at this time of year. Look for perch in about 10-15 feet of water using minnows. Surface activity may indicate smallmouth bass that are feeding on gizzard shad.

Sandy Pond report:

Weed growth is making conditions difficult which is typical for this time of year. A few anglers are using weedless baits for bass.